A ‘sulfonyl-azide-free’ (SAFE) aqueous-phase diazo transfer reaction for parallel and diversity-oriented synthesis†
Diazo transfer reactions are notoriously associated with the use of potentially explosive sulfonyl azides. The first ‘sulfonyl-azide-free’ (SAFE) protocol for producing diazo compounds from their active-methylene precursors via the Regitz diazo transfer reaction was developed and has displayed a remarkable substrate scope. It can be applied to generating arrays of diazo compounds for further evolution via combinatorial chemistry and a range of scaffold-generating transformations.
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